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Ontario Invites Families to Fish for Free This Father’s Day Weekend

Toronto ON – Ontario is making this Father’s Day weekend extra special by offering free fishing across the province on June 15 and 16. This initiative, announced by the Ministry of Natural Resources, aims to encourage families to connect and create lasting memories while enjoying the province’s stunning lakes and rivers.

Graydon Smith, Ontario’s Minister of Natural Resources, emphasized the value of this event for family bonding. “Father’s Day weekend is a great time to get out on one of Ontario’s beautiful lakes or rivers and enjoy fishing,” Smith said. “Fishing is a fun activity for everyone in the family and it’s a great way to spend time together, so I encourage you to cast a line June 15 and 16 to celebrate Father’s Day.”

During this free fishing weekend, anglers of all ages can try their luck catching a variety of species, including yellow perch, common carp, northern pike, lake trout, and walleye. However, Smith reminds participants to check the Fishing Regulations Summary before heading out, as some waterbodies have specific rules and limits on the number of fish that can be kept.

To take advantage of the free fishing, individuals must carry identification issued by the provincial or federal government that includes their name and date of birth.

A Boost for the Local Economy

Recreational fishing is not just a beloved pastime in Ontario; it’s also a significant contributor to the local economy. Over one million licensed anglers spend approximately $1.75 billion annually on recreational fishing, supporting numerous businesses and communities across the province.

More Free Fishing Opportunities Ahead

For those who can’t make it this weekend, there’s good news. The final free fishing event for 2024 is Family Fishing Week, running from June 29 to July 7, in celebration of Canada Day. This provides another excellent opportunity for families to enjoy Ontario’s rich fishing heritage without the need for a fishing license.

Getting Your Fishing License

While Ontario offers periodic free fishing events, most Canadians aged 18 to 65 need an Outdoors Card and a fishing license outside these periods. Licenses can be conveniently purchased online at When buying online, ensure the site displays the Ontario logo to confirm its authenticity. Licenses are also available at participating ServiceOntario locations and authorized licence issuers.

Year-Round Benefits for Veterans and Armed Forces Members

Ontario extends a special year-round benefit to veterans and active Canadian Armed Forces members residing in the province, allowing them to enjoy recreational fishing without needing a license.

This Father’s Day weekend, take advantage of the free fishing offer to explore Ontario’s beautiful waterways and enjoy quality time with family. Whether you’re an experienced angler or a novice looking to try something new, it’s a perfect way to celebrate the special occasion.

For more information and to plan your fishing trip, visit the Ontario Fishing Regulations Summary website. Happy fishing!

Samantha Deschamps

Samantha Deschamps serves as the Queens Park Reporter, offering insightful coverage of provincial politics with depth and accuracy. With a keen understanding of legislative intricacies, Deschamps provides invaluable perspectives on matters affecting Ontario. For inquiries or feedback, contact Samantha at

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